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A Guide to Earthquakes

What causes tremors? What makes them stop? Can they be predicted? Are our buildings as safe as they can be?

Could a big earthquake reduce Manhattan to rubble someday?

A new study from the Earth Institute at Columbia University says there’s more seismic activity around the Big Apple than previously thought. Researchers also say they discovered a new active fault line running from Stamford, Conn., 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) west toward the Hudson River...

August 22, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy

Drilling for Earthquakes

Scientists are increasingly confident about the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production, yet regulators are slow to react

March 28, 2016 — Anna Kuchment
Major Earthquake Hits Nepal

Major Earthquake Hits Nepal

Shaking struck near Kathmandu, where buildings collapsed and thousands are feared dead

April 26, 2015 — Alexandra Witze and Nature magazine
Riding the Rumble

Riding the Rumble

A $400,000 house is given a good shaking in the name of science

October 1, 2000 — Simon LeVay


The tragedy in Turkey may aid earthquake forecasting

December 1, 1999 — Simon LeVay
The Scarred Earth

The Scarred Earth

Tsunami-spawning quake leaves geophysical changes

February 21, 2005 — Madhusree Mukerjee
The Threat of Silent Earthquakes

The Threat of Silent Earthquakes

A lack of rumbling does not necessarily make an earthquake harmless. Some of the quiet types could presage devastating tsunamis or larger, ground-shaking shocks

March 1, 2004 — Peter Cervelli

Tsunami: Wave of Change

In the tragic aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, scientists and warning centers are now better equipped to forecast and model these monstrous waves

January 1, 2006 — Eric L. Geist, Vasily V. Titov and Costas E. Synolakis
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